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CCWC Shout-Out: Self Propeller Mario D'Angelo

With one of the highest levels of calories burned, Mario D’Angelo is currently one of our top commuters on the Clean Commuting & Wellness Challenge Leaderboard. We wanted to find out how he did it!

Q. Where do you work? What’s your role?

I work at Saint Paul’s Hospital. I am the Team Leader for the Chemistry and Hematology departments of the Laboratory.

Q. Why did you decide to participate in the Clean Commuter & Wellness Challenge?

I enjoy being part of fun community events like this; they build connections with others that share similar interests and in general promote positive interactions and awareness. I am part of a team at St. Paul’s and it is fun to see what we can accomplish together and how we compare to others that are doing the same.

Q. Tell us about your commute.

I am commuting from central Coquitlam to Saint Paul’s Hospital, a distance of approximately 25 km. On a typical work week I ride Monday/Wednesday/Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday I run about 12 km and use transit for the remainder. I usually park my bike in the bike cage at work. When I first started at St. Paul’s, I was amazed to see such a packed bike cage with probably 200+ bikes! It’s great!

Q. Have you been commuting with this schedule for a while or is this new to you?

Cycling is a way of life for me and has always been my primary mode of transportation. Previously, I was working at Royal Columbia Hospital and would ride every day. I started at St. Paul’s in April of this year and have added in the run component to both give my legs a couple of days off from cycling, but also to incorporate some of my run training into my daily schedule. 

Q. Do you have any advice for other individuals participating in the challenge, or keen to try a clean/active commute?​​

One of the best pieces of advice I can offer is to just get out and do it; there are days when it is pouring rain/cold/snowy where I sometimes ask why am I doing this, but I find that once I get out and get it done I always feel better. A second piece of advice would be to not just focus on this being a commute. Look at it as just one part of a healthy lifestyle that not only includes fitness but also incorporates healthy nutrition.

Kudos to Mario, a positive example of making your commute a chance to focus on exercise, health and wellness! We’re inspired.